Sunday, January 20, 2019

Gene Simmons Moneybag Root Beer

I recently opened this:

Gene Simmons Moneybag Root Beer

Gene Simmons Soda
Gene and one of his sodas.  (via

Brand: Gene Simmons Moneybag Root Beer.

Origin: USA (somewhere).

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was surprisingly good. It tasted nothing like tongue. (Ha!) It was smooth, but yet had a strong flavor. There wasn't much anise, but there was a decent vanilla kick. All around, quite good! Nice work, Gene!

Score: 9 out of 10.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Topo Chico Grapefruit Mineral Water

I cracked into this last night:

Topo Chico Grapefruit Mineral Water


Brand: Topo Chico Grapefruit Mineral Water.

Origin: Monterrey, Mexico.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: None.

Review: I saw "grapefruit" on the label, but I didn't realize this was just mineral water until my first sip. It was decent as no-calorie slightly-flavored water. It was like a fancy La Croix. Nothing amazing, but still refreshing. I'll give it an average score.

Score: 5 out of 10.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Dead World Goon Bitters Cherry Cola

I cracked into this just now, but unfortunately I think it's been my least favorite "Dead World" soda:

Dead World Goon Bitters Cherry Cola


Brand: Dead World Goon Bitters Cherry Cola.

Origin: Detroit, Michigan.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: For being "novelty" sodas, I've quite liked most Dead World favors. But this one was a bit of a let down. The cola flavor was just OK, and there wasn't much of a cherry flavor at all. And it was oddly harsh. It wasn't great.

Score: 3.5 out of 10.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Dead World Royal Rotter Black Cherry Soda

Happy New Year to you in 2019! I had to celebrate by cracking into a soda. This afternoon, I opened this:

Dead World Royal Rotter Black Cherry Soda


Brand: Dead World Royal Rotter Black Cherry Soda.

Origin: Detroit, MI.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was pretty "thick" - it was relatively syrupy. And that's not something I usually mind. It definitely leaned towards the "cough syrup" end of the cherry soda spectrum. It was smooth and think with a pretty deep black cherry flavor. Not bad, but not great, and nothing unique. Just a decent black cherry.

Score: 6.5 out of 10.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

A Homemade Cola at Cold Front

My big guy and I stopped at Cold Front on Thursday afternoon. He got some ice cream, and I got some soda:

Moose Tracks ice cream. He loved it!

Cold Front had remodeled since we were last there. This layout is nicer.

My cola, freshly made by the soda jerk behind the counter.

It was a nice "sharp" cola, probably from the "fresh" bubbly water. I'm not really here to rate it, but it was probably a 6 or a 7, and my son love the 2 sips he got. (And it was in a plastic cup because I got it "to go," otherwise it's in an actual glass.)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Towne Club Root Beer

When my son and I picked up a bunch of root beers for his teacher last weekend, I grabbed 1 larger bottle for myself. I opened it (and shared it with my boys) tonight:

Towne Club Root Beer


Brand: Towne Club Root Beer.

Origin: Detroit, Michigan.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was pretty good! (Both of my boys loved it, but they're not necessarily the most discerning.) It was a bit heavy on vanilla and anise, but not too a fault. This was fun to drink and quite good - nice deep flavor. I liked this!  

Score: 9 out of 10.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Boylan Grape

I've had an up and down relationship with Boylan. It was time for another try. So I opened this over the weekend:

Boylan Grape


Brand: Boylan Grape Soda.

Origin: New York, NY.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was sugary and delicious. It had a deep grape flavor and went down easily. It's been a few years since I had Faygo grape soda, but it reminded me of that (but maybe a bit smoother and better). Tasty stuff!

Score: 8.5 out of 10.